Nintendo Gamecube Games - Six of the Best

Written by Graham W Wöbcke

The Nintendo Gamecube is currently the latest retrogaming console that I have bought (2012) and to think I waited almost 10 YEARS to get this wonderful console after it's initial released in Australia during 2002 - I was just a little slow off the mark here and I so regret this decision to wait now because at the time I was just too engrossed in the Playstation 2 library and now Gamecube items are now higher priced and less common compared with PS2 items.

In my eyes, the square system was definitely more powerful in terms of specifications compared to the Playstation 2 but the PS2 had a much, much larger userbase and software library. The Gamecube still has the best controller of any console EVER in my opinion and here are six games that are a pure joy to play using it.

My Top Six Nintendo Gamecube Games

1 Resident Evil 4

The formula of this Resident Evil game was changed to include more action and if you have played other RE titles, you may agree this formula is close to perfect here. You play as Leon, a bodyguard for the President, and you follow a group into the Spanish countryside that have kidnapped the President's daughter. Lots of the usual RE weird things and plenty of undead to deal with in this game. The Gamecube at its best.

2 Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem

Not often do we play a game that messes with your mind and can really frighten you, and Eternal Darkness is one of these unique titles. This is a different type of survival horror and for good reason. You get to play as multiple characters in a family linage, in different points in time with intelligent puzzles to solve and enemies to hack. The game also features a sanity meter which gives different responses depending upon its reading and the lower it is the weirder things get. Show me another game like this.

3 Ikaruga

Some people say "shmups" are a dead genre - I say the genre won't die as we have many wonderful titles like Ikaruga to keep going back to. This is no ordinary shooter - it is as brutally difficult as it is perfect. The game offers no pick-ups/power-ups whatsoever. You have a fire button, a laser, and the ability to change your ships 'polarity' to light or dark. Being light or dark holds vital importance - your ship can switch but enemies cannot - so white enemies fire white bullets and black enemies fire black bullets. If you choose to match the enemy color, you absorb their bullets and charge your laser but your attack is weaker. By being the opposite color, you inflict massive damage on your enemy but just one of their bullets will kill you. Such a wonderfully unique shooter.

4 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

The original Prince of Persia is a 16-bit favorite of mine - particularly the Sega MegaDrive (Genesis) version. In this 3D environment version, the levels are well designed and the fluid controls allow you to easily get him to jump, flip, swing, climb, avoid traps, solve puzzles and of course, fighting off enemies. As per previous versions, your goal is to rescue a Princess and guide her safely - so you will need to defeat enemies and sand demons using the sword and then once they are weakened, banish them once and for all with the magic dagger. You will also need to use the Sands of Time to slow down, stop and even reverse time - and it comes in handy at times to avoid your own death. As a bonus, you also get the complete original Prince of Persia game to play. Just the icing on the cake.

5 Super Monkey Ball

A puzzle style game that is fun for players of all ages and remains challenging for even experienced gamers. By tilting the floor with the same concept as those wooden maze ball puzzles, you guide a clear ball with a monkey inside (hence the name). To complete the various stages, navigate through and around the various obstacles presented while collecting bananas and then reach the goal before the timer runs out. Bright graphics, cute monkey sounds, 6 mini games, a multi-player option and responsive game play makes this a game with huge replay value.

6 Super Smash Bros. Melee

This game is in my opinion one of the most playable multi-player beat em ups ever. While the N64 version is good - it didn't make my Six of the Best of Nintendo 64 games list. The reason this version is superior is there is so much more content in this game to delve into - more characters, more stages, more modes - while maintaining that same pick up and play, knock your player off the screen game play. Best played with at least one other person - and I am not shy to admit that my daughter kicks my butt.

Other Great Nintendo Gamecube Games

As usual, some of the games in my list above is going to disagree with your favorites (and again like the Nintendo 64 list, I didn't include any Zelda titles in my Top 6). Here are some more titles that I recommend you play on this system:

  • Animal Crossing
  • Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
  • F-Zero GX
  • Gauntlet Dark Legacy
  • The Hulk
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
  • Luigi's Mansion
  • Mario Kart: Double Dash
  • Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
  • Mario Party 4
  • Mario Power Tennis
  • Metroid Prime
  • Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door
  • Pikmin 2
  • Sonic Adventure 2: Battle
  • SSX 3
  • Star Fox Adventures
  • Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader
  • Super Mario Sunshine
  • Wave Race: Blue Storm